Boeing's second T-X training aircraft completes maiden flight


Boeing and its partner Saab have conducted the first flight of the second production-ready T-X aircraft for the US Air Force (USAF).

With an advanced cockpit, the aircraft is being developed for military pilot training.

The one-hour flight was conducted by lead T-X test pilot Steve Schmidt and Boeing test pilot for air force programmes Matt Giese.

Both pilots trained for the flight using the complete Boeing T-X system, which includes ground-based exercises and simulation.

During the flight, the front and back cockpits of the aircraft worked together seamlessly, according to Giese.

Giese said: “The jet was handled exactly like the first aircraft and the simulator, meeting all expectations.

"It’s the perfect aircraft for training future generations of combat pilots.”

"It’s the perfect aircraft for training future generations of combat pilots."

Schmidt said: “Our successful flight test programme is a testament to the fact that our offering is the right choice for the USAF.

“This aircraft was built to airforce requirements and designed to fulfil the Air Education and Training Command mission.”

The single-engine powered T-X will replace the USAF’s ageing fleet of T-38 Talon aircraft, and is expected to achieve initial operating capability in 2024.

The system features twin tails, stadium seating, and an advanced cockpit with embedded training.

Boeing and Saab launched the T-X design last September, and flew the first aircraft in December.


Image: The one-hour flight was flown by lead T-X test pilot Steve Schmidt and Boeing test pilot for airforce programmes Matt Giese. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.